With close to 24,000 individuals employed in the creative services industries in Calgary, creative products and services contribute over $2.1 billion to the local GDP.
The economic and strategic impact of Calgary’s creative industries is highlighted in a new report produced for Calgary Economic Development by the Conference Board of Canada, Calgary’s Creative Industries Economic and Strategic Impact.
In the report, Calgary was benchmarked against 11 other Canadian cities on five creative industry indicators – employment, revenues, GDP, labour income and labour productivity.
Although Calgary has a smaller share of creative businesses compared to other large Canadian cities, we ranked better in terms of creative businesses per capita and average annual growth in creative workers.
Creative industries also generate additional economic benefits as a key ingredient in quality of life and tourism. A vibrant creative industry attracts talent, companies and business investment to Calgary.
See the topline summary for more key findings on the economic impact of Calgary’s creative industries.